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  • PART I ADMINISTRATION OF THE GOVERNMENT
  • TITLE II EXECUTIVE AND ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS OF THE COMMONWEALTH
  • CHAPTER 23H WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
  • Section 7 State workforce investment board

[ Text of section effective until December 2, 2015. For text effective December 2, 2015, see below.]

  Section 7. (a) There shall be in the department, but not subject to the jurisdiction thereof, a state workforce investment board, hereinafter called the board.

  (b) The board shall consist of the governor; 3 members of the senate, 2 of whom shall be appointed by the senate president and 1 of whom shall be appointed by the minority leader; 3 members of the House, two of whom shall be appointed by the speaker of the house and 1 of whom shall be appointed by the minority leader; the secretary of the executive office of labor and workforce development; the secretary of the executive office of housing and economic development; the secretary of the executive office of health and human services; the secretary of education; the chancellor of the board of higher education or another official appointed by the governor representing education and training issues; and the following additional members, as appointed by the governor: 2 mayors or chairs of boards of selectmen; 3 persons with experience with youth activities; 2 persons with experience and expertise in the delivery of workforce investment activities, including 1 president of a community college in the commonwealth; 13 persons representing public government, public secondary and post-secondary education, and organizations representing or providing services to trainees, including at least 4 representatives of organized labor, 2 of who shall be selected from among individuals nominated by state labor federations; and 33 persons representing business and industry in the commonwealth to be selected from among individuals nominated by state business associations and trade organizations, including at least 3 chairs of workforce investment boards. The members shall serve two-year terms at the pleasure of the governor, and shall serve without compensation.

  (c) The governor or his designee shall chair the board and shall select an individual to serve as co-chair of the board from among the members representing business and industry. The co-chair shall serve at the pleasure of the governor.

[ There is no subsection (d).]

  (e) The board shall adopt by-laws to govern its proceedings, and shall carry out the responsibilities required of it under the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998.

  (f) The administrative staff of the board shall be supervised by and shall report to the director of the department of career services. The board shall contract with said department for personnel services and other operating needs. Notwithstanding any law or special act to the contrary, other departments, agencies, divisions, commissions, boards and bureaus of the commonwealth are authorized to provide such information and support as the board may from time to time require in the course of carrying out its responsibilities.

  (g) The board, in consultation with the president of the Commonwealth Corporation, shall undertake an annual review of local and regional labor market information to develop regional plans to coordinate training and education activities to target employer needs and to meet the commonwealth's demand for workers. The board shall convene regional meetings that shall include representatives from each local workforce investment area, established by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, 29 U.S.C. § 2801, et seq and, at a minimum, the presidents of any of the region's community colleges, the principals of any vocational-technical high schools, the executive director of the appropriate workforce investment boards, the fiscal agents for Workforce Investment Act funding, and labor, education and industry leaders in each of the regions to review labor market information and develop the regional plans. The Commonwealth Corporation shall aggregate these findings annually and make a report, which shall be filed with the clerks of the house of representatives and senate, on or before June 30.

Chapter 23H: Section 7. State workforce development board

[ Text of section as amended by 2015, 142, Sec. 3 effective December 2, 2015. For text effective until December 2, 2015, see above.]

  Section 7. (a) There shall be in the department but not subject to the department's jurisdiction, a state workforce development board.

  (b) The board shall consist of: the governor or a designee; the secretary of labor and workforce development or a designee; the secretary of housing and economic development or a designee; the secretary of health and human services or a designee; the secretary of education or a designee; 2 chief elected officials, as defined in 29 U.S.C. section 3102, who shall be appointed by the governor from designated local workforce development areas as defined by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, Public Law 113-128; 17 persons to be appointed by the governor who shall represent business and industry and who: (i) shall be owners of businesses, chief executives or operating officers of businesses or other business executives or employers with optimum policymaking or hiring authority; (ii) shall represent businesses, including small businesses, or organizations representing businesses that provide employment opportunities that, at a minimum, include high-quality, work-relevant training and development for in-demand industry sectors or occupations in the commonwealth; and (iii) shall be nominated for appointment by commonwealth business organizations and business trade associations in the commonwealth; 7 persons to be appointed by the governor who shall represent the workforce within the commonwealth, including 2 representatives of labor organizations of whom 1 shall be nominated by labor federations in the commonwealth and 1 shall be a representative of the National Association of Government Employees; 1 representative of a labor organization or a training director, from a joint labor-management apprenticeship program; and 4 representatives of community-based organizations that have demonstrated experience and expertise in addressing the employment, training or education needs of individuals facing barriers to employment or experience and expertise in addressing the employment, training or education needs of youth, including representatives of organizations that serve out-of-school youth.

  (c) In addition to the members appointed under subsection (b), the board shall also include: 1 member of the senate; and 1 member of the house of representatives.

  (d) The appointments made under subsection (b) shall include women, people of color, veterans and persons with disabilities or representatives of industry or workforce associations representative of their perspectives, in such proportion as these groups exist in the commonwealth's population as periodically determined by the state secretary as the commonwealth's chief census officer.

  (e) No person shall serve as a member for more than 1 category on the board.

  (f) The members of the board shall represent diverse geographic areas of the commonwealth, including urban, rural and suburban areas.

  (g) The members of the board shall serve 2-year terms at the pleasure of the governor and shall serve without compensation.

  (h) The governor shall select a member to chair the board from among the members representing business and industry. The chair shall serve at the pleasure of the governor.

  (i) The board shall adopt by-laws to govern its proceedings and shall carry out the responsibilities required of it under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. The board shall provide assessments and recommendations to the governor, the workforce skills cabinet, local workforce boards and other entities as needed regarding the effectiveness of the public workforce development system in the commonwealth, shall assist in measuring the effectiveness of this system and in pursuing its continuous improvement, shall develop recommended strategies to promote the proportionate workforce participation of women, people of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities across industry sectors in the commonwealth and shall generally assist in meeting the regional workforce needs of the commonwealth. The board shall seek to promote innovative and performance driven models for workforce development and shall seek to maximize the effectiveness of the local workforce boards.

  (j) The administrative staff of the board shall be supervised by and shall report to the director of career services. The board may contract with the department of career services for personnel services and other operating needs. The department of career services may promulgate and carry out operational policies for the benefit of the board without requiring express board approval. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the commonwealth's other departments, agencies, divisions, commissions, boards and bureaus may provide such information and support as the board may require.